Northern police charged ex-treasurer with misuse

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POPONDETTA police have charged former Oro treasurer Jean Abel Pindepa for alleged misappropriation of funds and abuse of public office.
Provincial police commander Chief Inspector Lincoln Gerari told The National that Pindepa in her capacity as provincial treasurer had allegedly conspired with some senior public servants and misappropriated K342,200.
Gerari said the offence was committed in 2013 soon after the Oro budget was handed down.
“A total amount of K420,000 was allocated to the Oro education division for purchase of vehicles,” Gerari said.
“The education adviser at that time, Ian Kopukoro, together with deputy administrator technical services, Kila Sibolo agreed and raised the cheque, number 009847 totalling K342,200.
“The cheque was raised without following proper procedures under the Public Finances Management Act.
“As a result, the complainant, current provincial education adviser Maino Vegoli reported the case to police who, upon investigation, arrested Kopukoro, Sibolo and former administrator Owen Awaita last year.”
He said police continued their investigations this year and eventually arrested Pindepa last week.
She was released on K500 bail awaiting National Court hearing.
Gerari warned public servants to stop abusing and misappropriating government funds.
He said a more arrests were likely to follow especially of officers from the Ijivitari district development authority.
“Our investigation team has found sufficient evidence to charge some public servants from the Ijivitari district and we already have their names,” he said.
“I’m warning them that we will not tolerate such behaviour in the public service and those charged will not be allowed bail in future.”

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